Othello : authoritative text, sources and contexts, criticism

by Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616,

Format: Print Book 2004
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction PR2829.A2 P43 2004
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  PR2829.A2 P43 2004
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Non-Fiction 812 SHAKESPEARE Sha OTHELLO
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Non-Fiction
"Sources and Contexts" reprints the sixteenth-century story by Giraldi Cinthio that Shakespeare used for the plot of Othello and for many of its details. Edward Pechter's essay provides context for readers through its discussion of the play's central topics--Moors, Turks, Venetians, marriage and domesticity, fathers and daughters, and female sexuality.Seventeen wide-ranging interpretive essays are reprinted. Contributors include Samuel Johnson, William Hazlitt, T. S. Eliot, Kenneth Burke, Lynda E. Boose, Mark Rose, and Patricia Parker.An annotated Selected Bibliography is also included.
Note on the text
Text of Othello
Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice
Textual commentary
Textual notes
Sources and contexts
Othello in its own time / Giraldi Cinthio
[The Moor of Venice]
Criticism : Othello in Critical History / Thomas Rymer
["A Bloody Farce"] / Charles Gildon
[Comments on Rymer's Othello] / Samuel Johnson
[Shakespeare, the Rules, and Othello] / Charles Lamb
[Othello's Color : Theatrical versus Literary Representation] / William Hazlitt
[Iago, Heroic Tragedy, and Othello] / Samuel Taylor Coleridge
[Comments on Othello] / A.C. Bradley
["The Most Painfully Exciting and the Most Terrible" of Shakespeare's Tragedies] / T.S. Eliot
["The Last Great Speech of Othello"] / Kenneth Burke
Othello : Essay to illustrate a method / G.K. Hunter
Othello and colour prejudice / Lynda E. Boos's Occupation : Shakespeare and the Romance of Chivalry / James R. Siemon
"Nay, That's Not Next" : Othello, [5.2] in Performance, 1760-1900 / Michael Neill
Unproper Beds : Race, Adultery, and the Hideous in Othello / Patricia Parker
Othello and Hamlet : Dilation, Spying and the "Secret Place" of Woman / Michael D. Bristol
Charivari and the Comedy of Abjection in Othello / Edward Pechter
"Too Much Violence" : Murdering wives in Othello.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 8-12. Some may wonder what Lester is up to here. A novelization of Shakespeare's Othello? Why not just read the play? But in his well-reasoned introduction, Lester tackles that subject head-on, and his answers should convince even purists that there's a place for this book. After all, it's common knowledge that Shakespeare took plots from other works, so Lester is only following the Bard's example. Moreover, Lester firmly states that his book is not a substitute for the play but, rather, a re-imagining of the story. Though he follows the original story line, Lester has made significant changes in the characterizations. Now Iago and Emilia (Emily in the play), like Othello, are black. Lester wanted race to be a more central theme of his novel, and by repositioning these characters, he brings a new and powerful dimension to that aspect of the story. In portraying Othello, Iago, and Emily as Africans who have come to England (the new setting) together, Lester gives them a mutual history that also adds psychological depth to his new conceptualization. Another goal of Lester's is to make his book a bridge to the play. Since Shakespeare's language can be an inhibiting factor for young people, this more modern rendering makes the story accessible. But Lester does not entirely remake Shakespeare's style. Sometimes Lester paraphrases; at other times, he uses exact wording, which is printed in boldface, a useful, if occasionally awkward device.There's only one problem with the book, and it's one that has played around the edges of Shakespeare's work as well. Othello's dramatic about-face concerning Desdemona, ending in her murder, comes with a quickness that will probably startle young readers. Despite the pyschological motivations Lester has tried to establish, Othello's haste to distrust does not seem to mesh with the image of the noble general that's been presented. Perhaps because of the intimacy a novel engenders, this jump seems more jarring here than it does in the play. On the whole, however, this is a fascinating effort. The story of Othello, with its questions about perceptions, race, and the nature of love and friendship, will be a natural draw for young people, just as it has been for readers worldwide, for centuries. --Ilene Cooper"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Shakespeare's legendary tragedy is revisited in this spirited and entertaining production that ran in London from November 2007 to February 2008. The flawless, talented cast features Ewan McGregor as the conniving Iago, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Othello (whose performance won him the Olivier Award as best actor) and Kelly Reilly as Desdemona. There is also excellent support from Tom Hiddleston (as Cassio) and Michelle Fairley (as Emilia). This audio production is a rousing, theatrical performance expertly guided by director Michael Grandage. Complete with a musical score as well as full sound effects and background noises, listening is so enjoyable that the play speeds by at breakneck pace. An enclosed booklet contains color photographs of the production and a well-written essay by drama professor Russell Jackson. There's also an entertaining bonus DVD disc featuring interviews with the cast and crew. Brilliantly produced in all departments, listening is the next best thing to seeing it live. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Series Norton critical edition.
Subjects Othello -- (Fictitious character from Shakespeare) -- Drama.
Shakespeare, William, -- 1564-1616. -- Othello.
Othello -- (Fictitious character from Shakespeare)
Interracial marriage -- Drama.
Jealousy -- Drama.
Muslims -- Drama.
Venice (Italy) -- Drama.
Publisher New York :W.W. Norton & Co.,2004
Contributors Pechter, Edward, 1941- editor.
Language English
Description xvii, 407 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 389-407).
ISBN 0393976157
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